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Dr. David C. Korten

Author and Leading Authority on Economic Globalisation and the Expansion of Corporate Power

Dr. David Korten is a respected author and a leading authority on International Development in Third World countries. He has over forty years of experience in pre-eminent business, academic and international development institutions as well as in contemporary citizen action organisations. His work has won him international recognition for his contributions to pioneering the development of powerful strategies for transforming public bureaucracies into responsive support systems dedicated to strengthening community control and management of land, water and forestry resources.

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In detail

Trained in economics, organisation theory and business strategy with MBA and PhD degrees from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, David's early career was devoted to setting up business schools in low income countries. He completed his military service in Vietnam, before becoming a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Business. In the late 1970's David left US academia and moved to Southeast Asia, where he lived for fifteen years, serving first as a Ford Foundation project specialist, and later as Asia regional advisor on development management to the US agency for International Development (USAID).

What he offers you

With a leading role in raising public consciousness of the political and institutional consequences of economic globalization, Dr. Korten uses his presentations to also raise consciousness of the expansion of corporate power, at the expense of democracy, equity and the environment. He has become a regular guest on talk radio and television and a renowned international speaker. His publications have now become required reading at Universities around the globe, and his expertise is much in demand.

How he presents

A member of the Club of Rome, David Korten delivers his captivating addresses to worldwide audiences eager to hear from this experienced orator, never failing to shake everyone out of their complacency.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Political & Economical Consequences of Globalisation
  • The Environment
  • Capitalism
  • Organisation Theory & Business Strategy
  • Managing the Expansion of European Power

Books and publications

  • 2009
    Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth
  • 2000
    The Post-Corporate World
  • 1998
    Globalizing Civil Society Reclaiming Our Right to Power
  • 1995
    When Corporations Rule the World
  • 1990
    Getting to the Twenty-First Century Voluntary Action and Global Agenda

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